Screen Plays: How 25 Screenplays Made It to a Theater Near You--for Better or Worse

byDavid S. Cohen

Paperback | February 10, 2009

Screen Plays: How 25 Screenplays Made It to a Theater Near You--for Better or Worse by David S. Cohen
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Every green-lighted screenplay travels a long and harrowing road from idea to script to celluloid. In this fascinating survey of contemporary film craft, David Cohen of Script and Variety magazines interviews screenwriters from across the board—Oscar winners and novices alike—to explore what sets blockbuster successes apart from downright disasters. Tracing the fortunes of twenty-five films, including Troy, Erin Brockovich, Lost in Translation, and The Aviator, Cohen offers valuable insider access to the back lots and boardrooms, to the studio heads and directors, and to the overcaffeinated screenwriters themselves. Full of critical clues on how to sell a script—and avoid seeing it destroyed before the director calls "Action!"—Screen Plays is a book that both the aspiring screenwriter and curious cinephile will find irresistible.

David S. Cohen is an entertainment and business reporter as well as a writer and producer for film and television. During his thirty years in show business, he has acted and directed off-off Broadway plays, scripted television documentaries, and written for the syndicated seriesStar Trek: Deep Space Nine. As a reporter, he has covered ...
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Title:Screen Plays: How 25 Screenplays Made It to a Theater Near You--for Better or WorseFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.88 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.88 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061431575

ISBN - 13:9780061431579

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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